Guns, Gams & Gumshoes

A blog for PIs and writers/readers of the PI genre

  • Writing a Sleuth?

    A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths

    "How to Write a Dick is the best work of its kind I’ve ever come across because it covers the whole spectrum in an entertaining style that will appeal to layman and lawmen alike."

    Available on Kindle

  • Copyright Notices

    All rights reserved by Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman. Any use of the content on this site (including images owned by Colleen Collins and/or Shaun Kaufman) requires specific, written authority. Any violations of this reservation will result in legal action.

    It has come to our attention that people are illegally copying and using the black and white private eye at a keyboard image that is used on our site. NOTE: This image is protected by copyright, property of Colleen Collins.

  • Writing PIs on Twitter

  • Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes

Historical Research: Some Handy Links

Posted by Writing PIs on July 30, 2009

eye and magnifying glass

Whether you’re writing a story that requires digging into the past, or investigating a case that requires historical research, below are some useful research websites:

www.ancestry.com: Contains information such as census data, old schoolbooks (for selected years/locales), U.S. military records, selections of military field manuals (some going back to the Civil War), immigration data (e.g., ship passenger lists, naturalization records, etc.), and more.  They offer a free newsletter as well as a free trial membership.  After that, there’s an annual fee.

www.legacy.com: Offers listings of newspaper obituaries and government records of U.S. deaths (fee-based).

www.familysearch.org:  Offers genealogy records and research, including access to selected military histories and records, court and legal records, census and lists, and more.  All searches are free.

www.usgenweb.org: Offers free genealogy website for genealogical research in every county and state of the United States.   Types of information available: transcribed census records, tombstones, deed records, historical newspaper articles, historical maps, possible ancestor photos, and more.

Advertisements

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
%d bloggers like this: